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Sister Mary Rachel, 92, longtime teacher Dec. 17, 1919 -- May 25, 2012

Sister Mary Rachel, a Felician Sister for 73 years, died Friday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Buffalo, where she had been a patient since November 2006. She was 92.

Born Theresa Krauza, she was a member of Holy Trinity Parish in her native Erie, Pa. She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters in Buffalo on July 8, 1938.

She graduated from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy in Buffalo and earned a master's degree at Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College.

Sister Mary Rachel began her teaching ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo in 1940 at Queen of Most Holy Rosary School. She taught at three other Catholic elementary schools in the Buffalo Diocese until 1946, when she was transferred to Canada, where she served for 30 years.

When she returned to the United States, Sister Rachel joined the faculty at Villa Maria Institute of Music, where she remained from 1976 to 1980. She then spent five years as a religion instructor at Villa Maria Academy.

From 1985 to 1999, Sister Rachel served at St. Hedwig Parish in Dunkirk. In 1999, she retired from parish ministry to serve as a dining room aide in the St. Francis Residence. And in 2004, she began in the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center until her health no longer allowed her to do so.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, 600 Doat St.

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